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Rail Service Data

The Surface Transportation Board requires Class I rail carriers to provide weekly reports containing data on rail service performance.  These reports, which also include data pertaining to the Chicago gateway, allow both the agency and the public to have greater real-time visibility into the performance of the Class I industry.  The weekly reports filed by the Class I rail carriers can be found below.  In addition to the individual carrier reports, the Board has created a spreadsheet of consolidated service performance data for all Class I rail carriers.

Note:  The Board issued a final rule in Petition for Rulemaking to Amend 49 C.F.R. Part 1250, Docket No. EP 724 (Sub-No. 5), amending its railroad performance data reporting rules to include certain chemical and plastics traffic as a distinct reporting category to the Class I railroads’ weekly reporting for the “cars-held” metric.  The final rule is available here.

** Notes on recent changes to reporting data **

NS – Norfolk Southern experienced a temporary change in the threshold used to calculate trains held (item #5) in late 2019.  NS resubmitted 11 weeks of data in order to comply with the standard definition they use for trains held.  Updated NS data files were uploaded for the following weeks: 9/25/19; 10/02/19; 10/09/19; 10/16/19; 10/23/19; 10/30/19; 11/06/19; 11/13/19; 11/20/19; 11/27/19; and 12/04/19.  The updated data for NS item #5 is also reflected in the consolidated file.  For more information about these changes please download the NS Data Methodology documentation.

UP – Effective December 2, 2019, the definition of arrival and departure, which is used to calculate train speed and car dwell, was modified to more clearly define span of control between line of road and terminal operations.  This change is reflected in the individual reporting files and consolidated file starting reporting week of December 11, 2019.  For more information about these changes please download the UP Data Methodology documentation.

Individual Carrier Performance Data

  • System avg. train speed by train type and overall system train speed
  • Weekly avg. terminal dwell time and overall system dwell time
  • Car online by car type
  • Weekly avg. dwell time at origin for unit trains by train type
  • Weekly avg. number of trains held per day by train type and cause
  • Weekly avg. number of loaded/empty cars not moved in 48 hour+
  • Weekly total grain cars loaded and billed by state and service
  • Grain cars: cars ordered, car orders filled, cars past due
  • Grain trains: plan vs. performance
  • Coal trains: plan vs. performance
  • Weekly carload originated and received by commodity


Data Concerning the Chicago Gateway

  • The avg. daily car counts in Chicago yards
  • The avg. daily number of trains held short of Chicago
  • Summary of the protocols/alert levels used by the Chicago Transportation Coordination Office and notification when the alert levels are changed

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